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It’s easy to chide Obama, but what actions do critics want instead?

JEFF JACOBY echoes a familiar refrain among conservative commentators: President Obama’s response to the Crimean crisis has been unacceptably weak (“Wobbly US strengthens Russia,” Op-ed, March 19). Jacoby criticizes George W. Bush for the same thing, in fact. Bush’s response to Russia’s annexation of portions of Georgia was “little more than a scolding”; we should have “forced Russia to disgorge its conquests.”

Yet Jacoby also writes, “no one expects or wants the United States to go to war over Crimea.” So what, exactly, should we be doing? Jacoby doesn’t say — and neither do the other saber-rattling commentators on this, and so many other, foreign policy issues.

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